Dr. Charles T Ambrose

Friday 29th of November 1929 - Saturday 29th of June 2019

Dr. Charles T Ambrose

Dr. Charles T. Ambrose, 89, passed away on June 29, 2019.  Dr. Ambrose was a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  He was a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School and was a Research Immunologist at Harvard Medical School before coming to Kentucky.  His library of 400 medical texts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has formed the basis for numerous publications and presentations on medical history.  His most recent publications focus on angiogenesis, aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was a brilliant scholar, an elegant writer, a world traveler, an admired teacher, a lover of dogs and a beloved friend of many people.  

Funeral services will be private.  

Guest Book

Nancy Dunn Lacy

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I remember 'Chuckie' as a little girl...he put up with me, his parents and mine were good friends...so sorry to learn of his passing...

2 months ago

TOM KINCER

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Dr. Ambrose was my mentor, my friend and someone who changed my life forever. When I was a medical student at UK in 1985 my father had passed away and I was struggling emotionally and then academically. Dr. Ambrose identified my struggles and befriended me and began his encouragement and tutoring. I would likely have not made it through medical school without him. He hired me during the summers between second and third year and between third and fourth year to remodel the interior of his home. He needed the help (I guess), but more importantly he wanted to continue his support and encouragement. We would work and engage in all kinds of academic discussions. His intellect was amazing. Without a doubt the smartest person I've ever known. We tore down the wall between two bedrooms and made his famous library. We had to remove multiple layers of wallpaper using a steamer and also worked in his kitchen. Occasionally we would stop and go do yard work. I was a Appalachian kid with the typical Appalachian language issues and he worked with me to improve my English skills. We remained lifelong friends and when I was in Lexington visiting my family I would stop by his house to catch up on life with my friend. He never stopped encouraging me. He would always introduce me to his newest family member, his beloved Irish Setters. I was fortunate to have known Laurens of Arcadia. My life is truly changed because of Dr. Ambrose. He was one of a kind and I have aspired to be like him with my pursuit of excellence in academia, my mentoring of future physicians and my love for life. I have never met anyone else who made such a impact on me and seriously doubt that I ever will. I only wish 34 years ago that I really could have appreciated the level of genius, the grand gift of knowledge and mentoring that he gave selflessly. My friend is gone from this place but through his gifts he will live on. Tom Kincer, MD

2 months ago

Charles T. Lutz

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Chuck Ambrose was a friend. I enjoyed talking with him about all sorts of topics. Beyond that, I was very impressed that he purchased a vacant lot near his house and turned it into a playground for the Arcadia Park neighborhood. Truly, Dr. Ambrose will be missed.

3 months ago

Susan Brown

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Dr. Ambrose was such a force and yet kind-hearted. He had a big impact on my work at Transylvania and the success of the library and Special Collections. I will miss his passion, drive and intellect. Thank you so much for all you did for us, Dr. Ambrose.

3 months ago

carin lovell

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Although I never officially met Dr. Ambrose, I felt like I did know him through his passion for Lexington history (specifically as it related to to Transylvania Collections) and his desire to share that rich history. I was blessed to design and produce Transylvania Treasures from its inception with his vision put into tangible form. Not only did I LOVE the opportunity to work on such a prestigious publication, but I was blessed to work with an amazing “team,” with Martha Baker as amazing editor, BJ Gooch who put up with my lingering amazements in that “holy” room, Jeff Rogers who shot photos of the collection, Bill Bowden (writer then editor), and countless others who contributed to TT. I will literally count the opportunity as a highlight of my 40 year career, and Dr. Ambrose’s passing as a loss for Kentucky. I hope his legacy will live on to inspire a new generation.

3 months ago

Lana Spicer

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Dr. Ambrose was a wonderful person and a good friend. I worked with him for 30 years in the Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. He was an outstanding scholar and sincerely cared about teaching and mentoring medical students. He will be greatly missed for his kindness and friendship. Lana Spicer

3 months ago